An improved Employment Insurance program would provide a better stimulus to the economy


OTTAWA – An improved Employment Insurance program would provide a better
stimulus to the economy than anything the federal government has tried so
far, says Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti.

He was responding to the release by Statistics Canada of labour force
figures for June 2009, when a net of 47,500 workers lost their full-time
jobs. There are now about 1.6 million unemployed Canadians, an unemployment rate of 8.6%. Fewer than half of the unemployed are actually collecting benefits due to rules, regulations and obstructions embedded in the EI system.
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June downpour dampens basements, and spirits, of city residents


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As fellow columnist Mr. Friday notes, “it’s déjà vu all over again.”
Such was the state of affairs in St. Thomas on June 25, when the region was inundated with about 60 mm of rain over the course of the dinner hour, resulting in flooded basements throughout the city.
The residents of Montgomery Road now have company.
Welcome to homeowners on Parkside Drive, Wawa Street, Chestnut Street and about a dozen other locations where an inflow of water was experienced.
In total, city staff received 32 calls.
A detailed report from Edward Soldo, the city’s new manager of operations and compliance, will be presented to council on Monday.
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